The English department is housed in a newly refurbished suite of nine teaching rooms, each with state of the art learning walls.

We recognise the central importance of English and literacy across the whole of the curriculum as well as being a discreet subject area in its own right. As such, focus on literacy is embedded within all schemes of work.

At Key Stage 3, pupils study and explore a wide range of texts, themes and issues. These have been carefully created to engage pupils with English and to encourage them to explore issues in the wider world and promote creative thinking. Examples of this include units such as: Animal Welfare, Gothic Horror, War Poetry and Taking a Stand. These units are regularly updated according to National Curriculum requirements and as preparation for G.C.S.E. criteria. Within these units, vital reading, writing and speaking and listening skills are developed.

In addition, pupils in Year 7 and 8 participate in the Renaissance Reader scheme which is implemented in conjunction with the school library. We place a great deal of emphasis on the importance of reading for pleasure.  It improves our pupils' academic achievements, the quality of their lives and their view of the world. As such, every pupil in Year 7 and 8 is given access to the library once a fortnight to participate in this scheme.  Renaissance allows staff and parents to take an active role in their child's reading journey, helping us to monitor and encourage every pupil to expand their choices and reading experiences.  

At Key Stage 4, students follow the EDUQAS G.C.S.E. course in English Language and AQA English Literature. The English Language course is made up of two units. Over the duration of the course, pupils will study a range of literary fiction and non-fiction texts and develop their abilities to analyse and explore how writers have shaped these texts to generate meaning. Pupils will also develop their abilities to write imaginative narratives and produce a range of transactional pieces of writing to suit a variety of audiences and purposes. In English Literature, pupils will have the opportunity to study 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens, 'Blood Brothers' by Willy Russell, 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare and an anthology of poetry.

The English Department recognises that the study of English requires that students see themselves as active participants in reading, understanding and creating. As such, the Department offers pupils many opportunities to experience enrichment and extra-curricular activities. In recent years, we have organised a residential theatre trip to London, ran a weekly film-making club and school magazine club, and organised a variety of competitions to allow pupils to showcase their writing skills.


For further details regarding English provision at the school, contact - Mrs J. Yates - Head of English.

For more information about the G.C.S.E. syllabus, see:

EDUQAS - http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language/gcse/

AQA - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702

English

English Department Vision

To inspire a love for literature, to have a profound appreciation for the spoken and written word and to equip pupils with the skills to express themselves confidently in a variety of situations, in and out of the classroom. Pupils are to do this through developing their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills through interesting and varied topics.

The curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils: